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WVU student wins chance to pitch clean energy technology to U.S. Department of Defense

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:00

Thanks to connections made by West Virginia University’s College of Business and Economics, an MBA student is pitching new technology—a wireless electric power system potentially adaptable to charging phone, computer, drone and electric car batteries—to two federal agencies. The relationship has also inspired a business to move to West Virginia from Alabama.

David Smith pitched the inductive transmission technology at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2018 Allegheny Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition. Smith is the first WVU student to participate in a regional CUP event, which is held annually during Carnegie Mellon University’s Energy Week. The event provides the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs the chance to obtain funding and educational support for commercializing their innovations. 

Engineering student wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Thu, 2018-04-19 14:00

Anna Gilpin, a senior biomedical engineering major in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources from Martinsburg has been named a Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation.

Through the GRFP, Gilpin will pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering at Duke University, intending to work in the research and development of biomaterials for regenerative medicine applications.

WVU student researching effects of reproductive politics on West Virginia women

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:00

West Virginia University junior Ashley Brash is researching the effects of reproductive politics on women in West Virginia. Brash’s research focuses on interpreting actions by legislators and construction of arguments against abortion and allowance of access to reproductive healthcare.

The Oak Hill native presented her findings at the North Central Sociological Association conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 5-8 and at the WVU Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 14. She is a sociology and political science dual major with a minor in women’s and gender studies.

57 WVU students travel to Nicaragua to address medical needs

Wed, 2018-04-18 13:30

For the last nine years, the West Virginia University Global Medical and Dental Brigades groups have worked in collaboration with Global Brigades to facilitate work in Latin America. 

This spring, the largest group to travel from WVU worked in rural Nicaragua for nine consecutive days, serving members of a highly resource-reduced region of the world. Fifty-seven WVU students and four faculty members traveled to Nicaragua to give medical care to the citizens of La Corona and Las Limas.

WVU’s GangaRao testifies before House Committee on the use of composites in infrastructure

Wed, 2018-04-18 11:15

In testimony delivered today (April 18) to the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Hota GangaRao, the Maurice and Jo Ann Wadsworth Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at West Virginia University, discussed the importance of investing in advanced materials to continue to lead the world in composite research, development and implementation.  

In his report, GangaRao, who directs the Constructed Facilities Center and the National Science Foundation-funded Center for the Integration of Composites into Infrastructure at WVU, discussed the benefits of using fiber-reinforced polymer composites in structural projects.

WVU Extension Service specialist fuels monarch conservation efforts

Tue, 2018-04-17 15:00

The future of West Virginia’s state butterfly, the monarch, is in danger. Populations have declined so much that it is at risk of being placed on the endangered species list — a move that could have regulatory and economic impacts for the state. 

According to West Virginia University Extension Service Wildlife Specialist Sheldon Owen, most experts estimate that the Eastern population of monarchs has declined by 90 percent over the last 20 years. Not only does that mean there’s less of this distinctively beautiful insect, but it also means that another pollinator and one of nature’s most notable educational models is at risk. 

WVU assistant professor receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award

Tue, 2018-04-17 14:00

The award recognizes Popp’s development of new methods utilizing carbon dioxide reactions to prepare chemicals for manufacturing pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and other materials. His research uses both experimental and computational methods to understand how carbon dioxide reactions work and how to improve their efficiency. 

“Essentially, we are interested in using this abundant resource, carbon dioxide, in a way that is economically valuable,” Popp said. “In this way, we can make products that were prepared from a more energy intensive process previously and make them in a more energetically friendly and sustainable fashion.”

Two WVU students awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Mon, 2018-04-16 14:48

This summer, two West Virginia University students will study abroad as recipients of the highly competitive U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship.  

With the selection of Brandon Brown of South Charleston and Adam Craig of Wheeling, WVU will now have 30 students who have received this award since 2008.The Critical Language Scholarship is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. 

WVU issues statement on death of student Friday

Fri, 2018-04-13 18:32

West Virginia University issued the following statement upon learning of the death of a student today (April 13):

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colton Hodge, 22, of Falls Church, Virginia. Colton was a third-year student majoring in exercise physiology. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Colton’s family and friends,” said Corey Farris, associate vice president and dean of students. 

Nominations open for WVU business school’s Roll of Distinguished Alumni

Fri, 2018-04-13 12:30

Nominations are now open for the 2018 class of the College of Business and Economics Roll of Distinguished Alumni at West Virginia University. Individuals interested in submitting a nomination may do so through June 1.

This year’s inductees will be honored at an Oct. 5 luncheon during WVU Homecoming Weekend at the Erickson Alumni Center on the Evansdale Campus. The Roll of Distinguished Alumni was founded during the business school’s 60th anniversary year in 2011. New members are added each year to recognize the success of outstanding B&E graduates.

WVU forms committee to pursue tree campus designation

Fri, 2018-04-13 09:30

The tree is probably the most iconic symbol of Earth Day, the holiday supporting environmental protection. A group of West Virginia University faculty, staff and students want to turn the tree from a symbol into an ecological representation of Mountaineer pride by forming a committee to pursue the Tree Campus USA designation.  

“The trees and all of the green spaces on the many campuses of West Virginia University are an extraordinarily valuable asset to the university, its visitors and to the environment,” says Keith Lawrence, assistant vice president of Facilities Management and a member of the committee. “Like any valuable assets, these need to be cared for, not only in the immediate short-term, but for generations to follow.”  

Student focused on prison education reform named WVU’s 23rd Truman Scholar

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:17

Emma Harrison, a West Virginia University student who found her purpose through a college internship, has been awarded the Truman Scholarship, the country’s top award for students who aspire to careers in public service. 

Harrison saw first-hand the challenges that incarcerated people face when she had an internship with the West Virginia Innocence Project at the WVU College of Law. When she took an “Inside-Out Prison Exchange” class with prisoners at the Federal Correctional Center in Hazelton, she saw the need and desire the men had for education. This ignited a passion to advocate for continuing education inside the system.

WVU to embrace entrepreneurship and innovation at inaugural Demo Day

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:00

Nearly 70 West Virginia University students and faculty members from across campus will showcase their innovative ideas, cutting-edge inventions, working prototypes and unique business ventures at the inaugural WVU IDEA Hub Demo Day Thursday, April 19.

The teams will compete for prizes determined by those who attend the all-day, university-wide event.

$1 million gift establishes a consumer rights program at WVU College of Law

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:00

The West Virginia University College of Law and Marshall University have each received $1 million to launch a Joint Consumer Assistance Project for West Virginians. 

“This is great news for the state,” said Gregory Bowman, dean of the College of Law. “Using legal research, scholarship and outreach, we plan to provide publications on consumer rights and remedies that will help our state’s residents.”

Air Force veteran wins prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Wed, 2018-04-11 08:30

As a child in Texas, Rodney Elliott dreamed of going to college and studying science but it was a dream deferred because of family finances. He joined the Air Force and, after a 20-year career, enrolled at West Virginia University gaining accolades, not just from his professors, but by winning the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering—the Goldwater Scholarship.

Elliott, who now lives in Fairmont, is a dual major in physics and Russian studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. His childhood fascination with space is now a serious exploration of supermassive binary black holes.

Lyons names Flynn WVU’s ninth wrestling coach

Tue, 2018-04-10 22:36

Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons has named Tim Flynn as the school's ninth wrestling coach. Flynn comes to West Virginia from Edinboro, where he spent the past 21 years building the Fighting Scots into a wrestling powerhouse. He compiled a 223-95-5 career record at Edinboro to become the school's all-time winningest coach and a member of its Hall of Fame.

Microwave chemistry research heats up at WVU

Tue, 2018-04-10 13:00

Similar to how microwave ovens heat soup but not the bowl, researchers at West Virginia University are exploring the possibility of heating one solution component selectively over others in chemical reactions.

The research is led at WVU by Gregory Dudley, the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor and chair of the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry, in close collaboration with Albert Stiegman, a professor of chemistry at Florida State University. 

Six faculty honored as 2018 WVU Foundation Outstanding Teachers

Tue, 2018-04-10 08:36

Six West Virginia University faculty members have been selected for the 2018 Foundation Award for Outstanding Teaching, which honors exceptional professors who go above and beyond to inspire their students. This year’s honorees are:

Malayna Bernstein, director, Learning Sciences Programs

Researchers call for more science in forensic science

Mon, 2018-04-09 15:01

As a critical component to the administration of justice, researchers are calling for more science in forensic science.

Led by Suzanne Bell, chair of the West Virginia University Department of Forensic and Investigative Science, a group of academic scientists who were members of the former National Commission on Forensic Science’s Sub-Committee on Scientific Inquiry and Research are urging the larger scientific community to advocate for independent research and assessment in forensic science. 

WVU creating pathways to flexible humanities degrees, careers

Mon, 2018-04-09 13:00

As West Virginia seeks to re-imagine its future both economically and culturally, new skills beyond technical training will be necessary to generate innovative paths forward.

Ryan Claycomb, a professor in the West Virginia University Department of English and interim director of the WVU Humanities Center, is working to create pathways for more flexible doctoral degrees in the humanities, particularly English and history.